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from the vatican today. pope benedict xvi says he is stepping down at the end of the month. catholics around the world are wondering who will replace him. we now get the latest information from anna at the vatican. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi delivered the surprising message in a speech to cardinals at the vatican this morning. the 85-year-old pontiff said he will step down february 28th, because he is simply too old to carry on. the leered of more than a billion roman catholics said carrying out his duties requires quote both strength of mind and body. the news stunned the church leaders around the world. >> i have to be honest, i'm as shocked and startled as all of you. >> reporter: it is the first time a pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. on the streets of europe, some people refused to believe it. he says it can't be true, it would be too huge for the church for something like this to happen. a vatican spokesman said the pope deserves respect for making such a personal and courageous decision to quit. the pope's resignation sets the stage for a new papal election. vatican o
done at. pope benedict xvi said it 16 years ago. if he does not have the strength to go on to perform his duties he should step down. something that no one has considered in modern times. >> the pope today has to conduct hundreds if not thousands of audiences, meetings, encounters every year. it takes a tremendous physical toll. >> pope benedict xvi has always been a low-key person. he will retire to spiritual life is not a monastery for the rest of his life while someone else will take his place. >> the archbishop called the man a -- the pope and a man of prayer. many were shocked and surprised by the announcement. barry simms is live in baltimore with reaction. >> he was with the pope's seven weeks and said after hearing the news, he decided to offer prayers for the church, the pope, and he also asked the faithful to the same. -- to do the same. >> many are finding it hard to believe that they respect his decision to step down. >> i applaud him for the decision. to make the decision you can no longer make -- do the job you're elected to do. >> maybe he is feeling sick or he needs so
. >> we will have continuing coverage on the resolution i nation of pope benedict and check in the next half hour for an update and look at his rise in the catholic church with the newest information at abc7news.com. before you get out the door for work or off to school we will need to check on the weather forecast. >> leave the umbrella at home. that is the problem. mike? >> it is a problem. we starting off the year from january 1 to yesterday most of us it is the dryest it has ever been. the one area that is seeing the most rain is livermore and downtown san francisco where it is the third and 5th driest start ever to a year. we need the rain. nothing out there good for the commute. we will talk about the forecast. we have cool spots around bay at 340 to 45 in san francisco at 7:00, and mild during the lunch hour, and 50 to 54 and temperatures are close to average with sunshine, and upper 50's to low 60's at 4:00 and fall back in the low 50's. frost inland, and around 50 to 55 at noon and 58 to 62 with sunshine this afternoon and temperatures are close to average. headed to the coast
benedict xvi will be resigning on february 28th for medical reasons. as soon as we get this story, we'll bring you more. media reports from italy, pope benedict xvi will be resigning at the end of this month for medical reasons. >>> a 14-year-old silver spring maryland teenager is accused of murdering his infant sister. police say jonathan aguilla has been charged in the death of larissa yanez. when their mother came home from work friday morning she couldn't wake up the child. she was pronounced dead at the hospital. >>> police are still looking for an ex-police officer they say has already killed three people. officials announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture and arrest of christopher dorner. last night police evacuated a lowes home improvement store after a caller allegedly spotted dorner in the store. dorner release aid man fess stow on facebook where he -- released a manifesto on facebook where he vowed to get revenge for being fired. >>> transportation is starting to get back to normal on long island. amtrak trains are running between dc and new york
on quicken loans. >>> good morning. it has not happened in more than 700 years, this morning pope benedict xiv announced he will resign, saying he doesn't have the strength to go on. it shocked even new york's cardinal timothy dolan. >> i'm as startled as the roast of you, except for prayer, i don't know what else to do. i'll await instructions like everyone else. >> the 85 years old leader will step aside february 28th. the vatican says they hope to elect a new pope by easters. the pope made the announcement in latin, saying, quote, after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to a certainly that my strengths are not -- the pope's declining health has been an issue. he goes to and from the altar on a moving platform, so he doesn't have to walk down the long aisle. sometimes he using a cane. his brothers says the doctors told hi not to take any more transatlantic trips. >>> he is also an nbc vattian analyst. george, good to see you. you and i are in somewhat frequent contact, as you send out notes about what's going on, but did anybody really see this coming? i no
. the number of priest says an ongoing concern. so i guess my question is what kind of church is pope benedict leaving, and in particular as it relates to the american catholic. >> i think the pope is leaving behind a church in the united states that is in the strongest shape of any developed world. far stronger than western europe, stronger than latin america or canada. another quarter of a million will enter the catholic church this easter. seminaries in chicago, in maryland, at the north american college in rome are more full than they have been in 40 years, so there are real signs of vitality in the church in the united states. i think what we need to recognize, chris, is that this is a hinge moment in history. benedict xvi will be the last pope who attended the second vatican council, a significant theological adviser there. the next pope, whoever he is, will not have attended the second vatican council. so one era in the history of the catholic church and new era, which i describe in a book called evangelical catholicism, is about to open up. >>> people will be talking about it a lot in
that threatens to overshadow his legacy n 2010 during a visit in evening lnld, pope benedict offered one of many apologies to the victims of the sex abuse. >> i express my deep sorrow to innocent victims of this unspeakable crime he was also the first pope to meet with victims. but for some of them, his actions came too late. >> no i don't think he did m enough. >> tim loneon is with survivor's network. before leading the church benedict was in charge of investigating claims of sexual abuse. in the 1985 letter to the diocese of oakland, despite hard evidence that father steven kesel was molesting children, he refused to refrock him without further study. that is his signature. he says ratsinger did not act until receiving order from pope john paul ii. >> he was not able to do much. john paul ii tended to be more skeptical about all accusations of sex abuse he says when benedict was elected in 2005, he was more willing to take action against these priests and make it more public. lennon arks bused when he was 13 says he popes a -- hopes a new pope will bring accountability to
priests to marry but critics felt pope benedict xvi was not progressive enough for the changing times, supporters saw a steadfast leader who helped anchor their faith. >> today, this sets the stage for the vatican to find the successor by mid-march. reporting live in washington if abc7 news. >> thank you. stay with abc7 for continuing coverage of the resignation of pope benedict xvi. you can fine the latest information at abc7news.com and we will tweet immediate updates on twitter at abc7 news bay area. >> waking up, again, dry and clear this morning but we want to look at the whole week to see if there is needed rain in the forecast. mike? >> we need some rain. need some snow. do not have it in the forecast. sorry to start off that way this morning but it means an easy week of commuting weather-wise. here is a look at live doppler 7 hd, you can see everything is very quiet, with no radar runs and very dry air. temperatures from the mid-30's inland to the upper 30's to mid-40's around the bay right now. almost as cool as it was yesterday. temperatures will be in the mid-to-upper 50's
event. benedict's decision to resign sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope. by mid-march. by any luck, that would mean a po new pope would be in place before easter. ash wednesday begins this week. the most important 40 days in the catholic calendar. >> the most significant spiritual period. let's bring in dan harris. good morning, dan. >> this is rare, historic and a complete surprise to the people around the pope. this morning, in rome, he convened a meeting of top church officials. reading a statement in latin saying that he'll resign effective february 28th at 8:00 p.m. local time. he said in the last few months, that his mind and body, have quote, deteriorated. >> i'm shocked and startled as of all of you. >> reporter: this morning, reaction from new york's cardinal dolan. >> there's a somberness there. there's a sadness there. >> reporter: benedict, who's 85 years old, has been pope since april 2005 who took over for the immensely popular pope john paul ii. his papacy has been marked by controversy. the pope criticized for how he handled the situation in his p
>> announcer: news 4 midday starts now. >> a story that caught many by surprise. pope benedict will be stepping down at the end of the month. we'll look at what steps will be take en to replace the pontiff. good morning and welcome to news 4 midday. >> it's monday, february 11, 2013. we begin with the developing story from the vatican. pope benedict xvi announced this morning he'll step down as leader of the catholic church. nothing like this happened before in the modern mechanics of the church. angie, two obvious questions. why and what happens next? >> good morning to you. even with the answers we have people remain in shock over this announcement. he also gave his blessing in finding the next leader of the catholic church. leading the prayer this morning at the vatican, pope benedict xvi told a small group he's leaving at the end of the month. in a statement he says his strength due to his age has deteriorated making him unable to fulfill the demands of the position. the vatican said he's not leaving because of difficulties with the papacy. benedict is the first pontiff to
pope benedict xvi had gathered the cardinals to mark three saints. during a meeting, he also announced his intention to resign at the end of the month. the holy father is 85 years old and despite his age, there had been little indication he would take this action. in a statement of the speech he gave to the cardinals, pope benedict said quote after having repeatedly examining my conscious before god, my strength due to an advance age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise. the pope is referring to saint peter, the first pope of the catholic church. in today's world subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith in order to govern both strength of mind and body are necessary. strength which in the last few months has deteriorated that i have had to recognize my capacity or incapacity it to fulfill the ministry and trusted to me. the pope added i thank you most sincerely for the love and support and i ask pardon. there is a report the pope's brother had said the doctor told the holy father he should no longer take trans at
>>> good morning, america. major bulletin right now. pope benedict resign ifs a stunning announcement at the vatican. citing his advanced age and diminishing strength. the first pep to step down in almost 600 years. what this means for the catholic church. >>> going across the interstate. >> and breaking now, tornadoes slam the south. this massive twister through a town at the dinner hour. dozens of people injured. hundreds of homes destroyed. it looked like it was amile wide. new blizzards right now. >>> and good morning, america. a huge headline right now. pope benedict xvi moments ago making this announcement. speaking in lat on the a group of cardinals. and announcing his rezization. after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to a certainty that my strengths, due to advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate carrying out of the ministry. >> the last pope to resign was pope gregory xii, almost 60 years ago. benedict's rescission to resign sets the stage for a clooichb to be -- conclave, to elect a new pope. ash wednesday begins this we
. >> reporter: i'm danielle nottingham at the vatican. coming up, pope benedict is stepping down, but will he remain >>> pope benedict says he plans to drop out of public view when he steps down at the end of the month. danielle nottingham has more on the pope's return to private life. >> reporter: the vatican acknowledged for the first time that pope benedict hit his head in a hotel room during his trip to mexico last year. church officials say the accident has nothing to do with the pontiff's decision to retire. the pope told parish priests in rome thursday morning he will be hidden from view after he steps down. the holy father says he will live a life of prayer in a former monastery inside the vatican walls. it has been 600 years since the last pope retired. >> a lot of people are wondering is he just going to go behind the vatican walls and never be seen or heard from again. even the pope's brother had suggested that the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him will be around
your mom. ♪ hot mess is. >> how did he react. we were speechless. >> pope benedict stun cardinal with the first papal resignation in 6 century. just hours after the announcement lightning strikes the basilica of saint peter dome in vatican city. pope benedict chosen to be pope for life says the failing strength and health are forcing the decision. he was elected to the position about 8 years ago and you can see how the position and age has taken a toll. here he is on day one and today much thinner and more frail. 7 news reporter situations live in vatican city tonight with the latest on a real surprise for all catholic catholics. nick. >> the pope is a shy leader but today announcement reminder of the man they used to call god rottweiler. unpredictable unprecedented and might guarantee the legacy. >> at 85 he's silver hair and cerebral and says he simply can't keep up. pope benedict the 16th told the cardinal that latin he is so infirm i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the men industryen trusted to me. in the last year benedict grew increasingly
benedict makes his first public appearance since his announcement he is stepping down. we'll share his comments. >> and forget the rain. revelers in the big easy get the party going. we'll be right back. he's resigning, effective the end of this month... the first pope to do so, in about six >>> today is the last wednesday for pope benedict xvi. he is resigning effective the end of the month. the first pope to do so in about 600 years. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran reports from san francisco. >> reporter: good morning. pope benedict will preside over his final ash wednesday services as pope this afternoon but he made his first public appearance since announcing he is stepping down earlier today. >> today, ash wednesday, we gun our yearly lenten journey for easter. the temptations of jesus at the beginning of his public ministry. >> reporter: benedict was met with a huge crowd and a minute- long-standing ovation. the catholic faithful were gathered in the vatican city audience hall for his regular weekly appearance. the pope thanked the group in severa
, the resignation of pope benedict xvi. this morning, catholics around the world and here in baltimore are reacting to the announcement that seemed to up can out of nowhere. mike is live with the latest this morning. good morning, mike. >> reporter: good morning, don, good morning, everybody he has been pope for seven years he did what he said he was going to do, which is if he couldn't carry on job duties any more, he would resign. a revelation that stunned catholics worldwide. pope benedict xvi is resigning. no group appears for surprised than the cardinals the pope first told. >> it's like watching your own dad get old an admit he is not up to the duties of being the head of the family. >> reporter: the pontiff said he will step down at the end of the mon the 85-year-old told cardinals he no longer has the strength to do the job. he is the first pope to resign in 600 years. experts say it's something that just doesn't happen. >> a culture where biblical doctrine rules, tradition is steadfast and change is slow. faithful wondering what happens
from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning at the end of the month. >>> a massive tornado tears through mississippi, causing major damage to the university. >>> mumford was the word at last night's grammys. and mike piazza is here since the baseball hall of fame snubbed him. >>> but we begin this morning's today "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> this is major news coming out of the vatican. >> breaking news, pope benedict xvi set to step down. >> he'll step down february 28, the last pope to freely resign within the 13th century. >>> what a tornado. it's going to cross the interstate. it crossed the interstate. >> at least 15 tornadoes were reported in alabama and mississippi. >>> a huge twister. >> several buildings on the southern university of mississippi campus hit. >> this is surreal. >>> meanwhile thousands are still without power after the massive snowstorm hit the northeast. >> there are reports another big storm is coming. are you ready for that. >> i don't even want to think about it, to tell you the truth. >>> a million-dollar award is now being offered for t
to "cbs this morning." while you were sleeping in the west pope benedict xvi made a startling announcement telling vatican cardinals that he will resign at the end of this month. >> after nearly eight years in office the 85-year-old pope says he's no longer strong enough to do the job. reaction is pouring in from around the world and we begin our coverage with alan pizzey in vatican city. >> reporter: good morning. the announcement took a lot of people by surprise yet it is said the pope had discussed this two weeks ago with two or three people who are very close to him. the pope said he made this decision after long and careful consideration and prayer and thought. in his statement announcing it he said, i have come to the certainty that my strptength, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to the adequate exercise of the petrine ministry meaning he's too tired to go on. the papal spokesman said there was no specific illness that they know of he's not in danger of dying tomorrow or anything but he's just decided it was time to go. he will resign a
's burned out vehicle was discovered. >>> a big story, the shocking news from the vatican, pope benedict xvi made a surprise announcement he's resigning, something that hasn't been done in more than half a millennium. the pope says he no belonger has the strength of mind and body -- no longer has the strength of mind and body to perform his papal duties. a new pope should be elected in time for easter. the last pope to resign was celestine the v in 1294. fox 5's bob barnard has the latest on the state of the catholic church. >> i see this as a remarkable demonstration of his humility. >> i don't believe that the catholic church is going to select anybody very different. >> it's t knocked my socks off. >> reporter: there's all kinds -- it knocked my socks on. >> reporter: there's all kinds of reaction today to the resignation of pope benedict xvi. >> it's sad. we'll miss him. >> reporter: monsignor solomon smith is a pastor in silver spring and credits the pope with dealing with the child sex abuse scandal head on. >> you get to my generation of priests, we've taken it seriously since the
benedict? >> some drastic action to get baltimore back on the right financial track. >> enjoy the dry weather while you can. the forecast as we continue right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> you're watching wbal-tv 11. live, local, late-breaking. this is 11 news today at 6:00 a.m. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> 6:01. traffic and weather on the 1's. >> temperatures in the 40's. who is ready for a little snow? we have some snow in the forecast, but not today. 45 at the airport. that is pretty mild for this time of year. it is breezy. a mixture of sun and clouds. >> good morning. we are tracking a few problems out there. was down 32, that ramp is blocked for an accident -- westbound 32, that ramp is blocked for an accident. eastbound traffic does get by in towards the beltway. we're seeing those west side delays. 30 minutes around security down toward edmondson -- 13 minutes around security down towards edmondson. movi
a starting date for the conclave that will pick the next pope. in his last sunday service today pope benedict reassured roman catholics that he will continue to serve god when he entered retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> reporter: benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. pelter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said he would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he called a new life of prayer and meditation. three priests and a former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien in scottland engauged in inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the vatican a week before the pope resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth walsh of st. paul minnesota. >> it's if god's hands. the holly spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years. i don't think it is all
for the conclave that will pick the next pope. in his last sunday service today pope benedict reassured roman catholics that he will continue to serve god when he entered retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> reporter: benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. pelter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said he would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he called a new life of prayer and meditation. three priests and a former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien in scottland engauged in inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the vatican a week before the pope resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth walsh of st. paul, minnesota. >> it's if god's hands. the holly spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years. i don't think it is all going to crumba
benedict xvi announced he's stepping down, vatican officials have now set a timetable for when the next pope will be appointed. >>> good morning to you from scottsdale. the spring training home of the world champion san francisco giants. coming up, we will have some old friends and some new friends. one's a furry friend. we'll show you in just a bit. >>> new this morning, america's most wanted fugitive and now, the search for a former police officer turned shooting rampage suspect is spreading south so mexico and investigators say they believe he may have had some help getting there. court papers say an accomplice identified by the initials j.y. may have helped dorner cross the border, but federal authorities telling the time to mexico is just one of the places dorner could be hiding, stressing dorner could be anywhere at this point. at a news conference this morning, police say they're now pursuing more than 1,000 leads. >> it is frustrating and we're hopeful that something will break loose from the public and that these leads will result in something very positive in terms of bringing
to see pope benedict celebrate mass in public for the last >>> catholics packed vatican city today to see pope benedict celebrate mass in public for the last time. thousands of faithful gave the pope a long ovation near the end of today's ash wednesday service. >>> and in case you have forgotten, tomorrow is valentine's day and roses are selling everywhere from grocery stores to high end florist. how they stack up. >> reporter: for some, the way to their heart is through the stomach. >> dinner out. >> valentine's chocolates. >> reporter: but the most popular is by far flowers. >> love getting roses. >> reporter: the cost of the sweetheart's sweet smelling treat can vary depending on where you buy them. but does more money mean better roses? florist was enlisted to find out. comparing this $9.99 bunch from a grocery to $14.99. and this bunch for $45 from a small florist along with this $90 from an upscale floral designer nnchts good shape. >> reporter: she was impressed with the long stems and packaged. and she said both the $45 and $14.99 were
pope benedict for acting in the best interest of the church. speculation is mounting about who people will think will replace him. the pope has to be a unifying figure to the whole world and be able to bring together a broad spectrum of catholics. the next pope may be from a developing part of the world. the decision to step aside is an active humility. the current archbishop agrees. he waited on the task ahead of the new pope. >> can he embrace every language and culture on the face of this earth? i imagine what the job description that is. >> the archbishop says he does recall the pope saying if he reached the time he didn't have the stamina for the job, he would step aside. kim dacey, wbal-tv 11 news. >> we have complete coverage of resignation on our website. >> president obama will deliver the state of the union address tonight. it will build consensus among democrats and republicans. tracie potts has a preview. >> tonight instead of focusing on how budget cuts would affect the pentagon, president obama will focus on the middle class. thousands of government jobs. >> his emphasis
the super bowl a week ago. >>> and the end of mardi gras ushers lent season with pope benedict leaving the church. nbc's chris jansing is inside the vatican where the audience with the pope is about to get under way. chris, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, to you, mara. in half an hour, we will get the first viewing of pope benedict since he made that shocking decision to step down. this is an audience. and it is the first of what will be several appearances before his last day as pope which is february 28th. later today because it's ash wednesday he will be saying mass. normally, it's held in a very small church near here but it's been moved to st. peter because of the expected demand for attendance. and then on sunday, he will come out on the balcony which is the traditional sunday, and after that there are expected to be very few appearances by pope benedict, as you know, made the decision because he's becoming increasingly frail over the past several years and months to step down. so we'll be looking in the knicks half hour to see how he seems to be doing, how his health is
. >>> more details are coming out today about pope benedict xvi's health and the last appearances he will make before stepping down. danielle nottingham has the latest for wjz from the vatican. >> the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> perhaps it would be good to have a black pope. >> i'm from venezuela. and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matter where is they're from, as long as as long as they open thelogically to welcoming in as many people as possible. >> reporter: cardinal peter turkson from ghana, could be the first black pope. cardinal leandro sandri of argentina is considered the top candidate from south america. pope benedict xvi is stepping down because the 85-year-old said he no longer has the physical or mental strength to lead. >> reporter: the vatican just disclosed that pope benedict received a pacemaker before he became leader of the catholic church in 2005 and recently, sec
the vatican about the health of pope benedict. danielle nottingham has the latest for wjz, from the vatican. >> reporter: the vatican has revealed that pope benedict's closest aide will remain as his private secretary and will also run the new pope's household. the dual role for monsignor giller gynesign is raising questions about how much influence benedict will have over his successor. >> no one has said exactly mahe's going to do. and it will be benedict who decides what he does do ask doesn't do. even the pope's brother has said the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: the pope told parish priests in rome thursday morning, he will be hidden from view, after he steps down. the holy father says he will live a life of prayer. in a former monestary inside the vatican walls. >> reporter: even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him around the vatican will be around for many years to come. >> reporter: tourists who make the pilgrimage here buy all sorts of le -- religious
. >>> pope benedict xvi shocked everyone with the sudden announcement of his retirement and today is the last ash wednesday mass he will celebrate. it's the last major celebration before he steps down at the end of the month. for the people it was a special moment. >> it was emotional to be there. it was something special. >> new before mass pope benedict made his first public appearance since announcing his rest sig flaismghts cruds cleared for him. his successor will be chosen at a conclave last month. >> while the pope is celebrating the last ash wednesday, the archbishop is celebrating his first as the archbishop of baltimore. he led a midday mass and is currently celebrating mass at the cathedral of mayor our queen -- mary our queen. >>> president obama is on the roadworking to reenforce his plan. >> the bulk of his message focused on the economy. the president wants to stimulate the economy. republicans are sceptical. >> to reignite true engine of american economic growth, a thriving middle class. >> last night the president offered up more of the same -- higher taxes and more stimulus
benedict is resigning. tonight we're still trying to get our minds around just what this all means for the catholic church and the world stage upon which the pope wields such vast influence. for the last six centuries, the catholic church chose a new pope as it also mourned the death of an old one. not this time. pope benedict issued his stunning retirement notice, saying in part i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. >> in centuries past, popes didn't live to this age. they died in their jobs. now the medicine has the ability to keep people going physically a lot longer than they may have the strength to do what is the most gruel jobs in the world. >> usa today reporter says with the pope stepping down at the end of the month, the college of cardinals is already lining up possible successors. according to retired american catholic the church will be looking for a new pope with perhaps the combination of the qualities it liked in the last two. >> i think they'll be looking for men who would have some of the wisdom of the pope bened
... and launch your dreams. at legalzoom.com we put the law on your side. >>> pope benedict xvi will live out his final days in vatican city as he relinquishes his thrown. cardinals around the world will gather to determine who will succeed him. what direction will the church go in let's ask nbc news vatican analyst who's in roam for us. george, i want to dive right in because i know we have got a delay to worry about. most people know the role of the pope as the spiritual leader among catholics, but of course his other job is to proselytize and grow his flock. if you look around the landscape of global catholicism, you see that catholicism is very important in parts of europe, south america and south africa. should that be a consideration in choosing the next pope, finding someone who might be able to grow the flock in area where is catholicism is least represented? >> reporter: first of all the church is actually in very bad shape in a lot of western europe. and what we need, i think, what the church needs, is a pope who wherever he comes from is such a radically converted disciple of jesus cri
. pope benedict the 16th is resigning. the pope is said to be resigning on the 28th of this month. we'll bring you more information as soon as it becomes available. again, according to cnn the pope is resigning, not retiring. >>> back here in maryland, a former first lady is expected to appear at a forum for candidates seeking to replace former anne arundel county executive john leopold. kendall urlik will join a forum on thursday. applications to become county executive must be submitted to the county council by this friday. >>> at the staple centers in los angeles the music industry's biggest night of the year, there were some surprises and memorable performances at this year's grammy awards. >> the grammys lived up to its reputation for being unpredictable when mumford and sons took home album of the year. >> we figured we weren't going to win anything because the black keys have been sweeping up all day. >> dan orback of the black keys took home four awards. fun made a splash this year. they won two grammys including best new artist and song of the year. >> and the grammy goes to
, the archbishop of manila. said to be close to pope benedict. at 55 he could be considered too young to be pope. cardinal peter turkson of ghana is said to be africa's top candidate. he is 64 years old and head of the vatican justice and if chosen he would become the first modern black pope. well, there is speculation that the next pope may be selected from latin america, home, as i said, to the largest number of catholics in the world. we're joined now by miguel diaz who served as the first hispanic u.s. ambassador to the vatican. sir, we thank you for joining us here in rome. what is a fairly cold morning. we are waiting behind me at the vatican pope benedict xvi, give his final blessing of his papacy as he says the angelous prayer. we will hear the bells ring. in about five or six minutes' time, before that happens, let's just talk about what happens next. who do you see as most likely to become pope before one assumes t the sunday this march? >> greetings from dayton, to the eternal city. thank you for having me this morning. you know, i've said that what we need to be thinking is not so mu
originating in eggs, sprouts, and vine vegetables. >>> the vatican this morning is revealing pope benedict hit his head during last year's visit to mexico, but officials deny it had any significant role in his resignation. today the pontiff has been meeting with the pastors of rome's parishes. the conclave of cardinals will meet next month to pick benedict's successor. let's bring in the former director of the office of peace, justice, and integrity of creation for the sisters of charities. sister, good to see you. >> thank you. good to be here. >> let me start with this. as the cardinals get ready to pick the next pope, what issues would you like the next pontiff to address? in the "new york times" criticizing the vatican saying that they accused nuns of pushing radical feminist themes this from a year ago. there's also an issue of women in the priesthood. >> well, certainly the role of women in the church is a critical issue in the church today. and for the world today. and so i would whole heartedly support an expanded role and that expanded role based really on the dignity, the value, the
of lightning striking st. peters, the same day the pope announced he will step down. benedict is set for a new name, a new home and a new role. after his unprecedented move. dan harris is live in st. peters square this morning with all of that. dan, good morning to you. >> reporter: elizabeth, good morning to you. here's how the local papers are playing this huge story. this one says, in italian, pope shock. and here's a headline we can all understand in any language, amen. as catholics all over the world absorb this truly stunning news, today, we're starting to get a sense of what may have provoked the pope to make this announcement now. this morning, an italian news agency says the pope had a top-secret operation to replace his pacemark ker at this hospit in rome three months ago. the vatican won't confirm the news. but the paper says the operation went, quote, well. the pope's older brother held a news conference the day the decision was well thought out and nobody pushed his brother out. meanwhile, benedict's surprise decision has provoked vatican intrigue, worthy of a dan brown novel. joc
on january 19th and also included the super bowl a week ago. >> pope benedict celebrated ash wednesday at the vatican. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi made his first public appearance since his announcement he's going abdicate at the end of february. he made that appearance during a general audience with thousands of people greeting him and chanting his name. he said thank you very much everybody for your prayers and thoughts and explained he thought long and hard about his decision and he said that he thinks that decision to abdicate is good for the church. on wednesday he'll preside over a mass for ash wednesday. on the 27th of february, the day before he abdicates he'll hold a general audience in st. peter's square where thousands of the faithful are expected to come in and gather to say their last good-byes to a pope that will retire. back to you. >>> in rome for us. bill karins joins us with weather. a lot to talk about in >> not so much. the west is quiet. so in connecticut we had all the snow. the mayor of waterbury asked them to show up. paid them minimum wage. how many do you t
a turbulent half decade of bankruptcies and consolidation for the u.s. airline industry. >>> pope benedict has two weeks left as head of the church. the pontiff celebrated his final mass at the vatican. benedict was given a long-standing ovation as he prepares to step down on february 28th. after almost eight years as leader of more than 1.2 billion catholics worldwide. >>> it is valentine's day and we always think of our meteorologist, bill karins. we always want good weather. >> i thought you meant with love. >> of course we love you, bill. >> good morning, everyone. as we start this valentine's day, grab the umbrella heading into the northwest. especially from olympia to bellingham. as the rain comes at us from the north and northwest, this is associated with the warm front lingering along the coast trying to move in. damp weather for the morning commute. if you are driving down i-5 today, tomorrow looks better. we are seeing a clearing trend. we have had high pressure off the west coast that's been very strong. now the high pressure ridge back here over areas of salt lake city will strengt
afternoon. our big story this noon -- pope benedict xvi surprised the world by announcing is stepping down. the 85-year-old pontiff is setting his advanced age as the reason. >> a shocking decision when the pope decided to resign due to the fact that he does that have the strength to carry on with his mission as the leader of the 1.2 billion catholics around the world. >> in order to govern, both strength of mind and body are necessary. my strength tested during -- deteriorated -- my strength has deteriorated. for this reason and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom, i declare i renounce the ministry of bishops of rome. >> during a small key meeting with a number of cardinals here at the vatican, he said to carry on with your job, you need a healthy mind and body. no doubt about his mind which is a sharp but the body has been weakening by the month. this is an 85-year-old man with a lot of responsibilities. still, john paul ii, at the end, one of us -- was unable to watkins began still carried on until he died. pope benedict xvi decided to go against all the rules a
benedict xiv decided to go against almost every rule as the last pope that resigned was in the 13th century, and decide the to just give away to a younger pope that may be has got more strength and stamina to carry on with the church's mission. >> the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception is the largest roman catholic church on this continent right here in northeast washington. >> jim rosenfield has reaction from the pope's news from the spiritual leaders of washington's catholics. jim? >> reporter: cardinal wuehrl expressing surprise. he got the call telling him the pope plans to abdicate coming up just a a little over two weeks from today i want my first reaction. was it's very startling, totally unprepared for it. the second reaction was, we're going to have to now think a little differently. this will be the first time in modern history that we've had a pope resign. how do we work with all of that? >> reporter: but the cardinal says despite all this news experience of having a pope retired, the work of the church remains the same. interesting insight into his view
as pope benedict xvi celebrates his final public mass as holy father still ahead. >> we've got a cold rain in northwest, but reports of sleet and snow from culpeper to clarkbsurg, here's a look at radar and here's the area of rain, going to be a wet commute home. a little bit of snow now rolling into the mountain and i- 81 corridor. we'll let you know if you'll see any accumulation in the metro area. >> coming up after the break a woman kidnapped and held hostage tells her story of torment and recovery 20 years after her rescue. >>> has he volunteered anything about this? >> he has said a few things now. i know that he is having a very hard time sleeping soundly. he swings his arms and tosses and turns and he's cried out a few times. >> in an exclusive interview that aired right here on wusa9 this afternoon the mother of 6- year-old ethan gillman talked to dr. phil about how she survived a parent's worst nightmare. it was just two weeks ago that ethan was kidnapped from his alabama school bus by a gunman and held in an underground bunker nearly a week. he's safe now, but jennifer kirkland
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here. they asked us what is going on. nobody really got the news. when they told them pope benedict xvi was redesignisignry didn't know. actually, he can, but obviously, no pope has done that for 700 years. so no wonder people are aware of that. for now on that may change the course of the catholic church in the future as well as pope benedict xvi is setting an example. if you don't have the strength to carry on let someone younger and more strength to carry on the mission. >> it certainly is a monument ool announcement. claudio, thank you very much. >>> this morning we spoke with greg burke the senior communication adviser to the holy see in rome. we began by asking him how much of a surprise this was? >> it is a surprise. i people think had fair warning. it was a few years ago in a book called "light of the world," a long interview with a german journalist. the journalist asked the pope if he would resign. and he said something interesting. in the midst of a candle and all that stuff. he said now is not the time. it's not the time to run when you're in great risk and emergency period.
breaking news. a stunning announcement just coming in from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning. we're live with what's behind his decision and how quickly the next pope will be elected, "today," monday, february 11th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm savannah guthrie. can't say that this is unprecedented for a pope to just step down, but you have to go back 1600 years to find another example of it. pope benedict xvi announcing he is stepping down as leader of the catholic church. huge news for the world's 1 billion catholics. >> and noncatholics as well. the 85-year-old pope made the announcement moments ago, saying his strength is no longer adequate to carry on his duties. in a moment we'll talk about the decision with timothy cardinal dolan, the highest ranking catholic here in the united states. claudeio is in rome. this morning, would you say this is total surprise? >> reporter: matt
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